Mary Beth Althoff June 15, 1950 – June 7, 2020

Mary Beth Althoff

      Mary Beth Althoff, 69, of Cascade, Iowa, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at her home in Cascade, Iowa surrounded by her family after a courageous ten-month battle with cancer. 

      Visitation for Mary Beth was held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at St. Martin’s Catholic Church in Cascade.  Anyone interested in sending memorials may send them to Reiff Funeral Home, Attention: Mary Beth Althoff Family, P.O. 430, Cascade, Iowa, 52033.  The Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade, Iowa is assisting the family in arrangements.

      Mass of Christian burial for Mary Beth will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 10:30 a.m., at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade with Rev. Douglas Loecke presiding. Lector will be Megan Wolfe.  Music will be performed by Leslie Althoff and Amy Poduska.  Placing of the Pall will be by Emma Althoff, Lexi Shield, Ava Bell, Payton Wolfe, Maren Wolfe and Skyler Shield.  Burial is to be held at Calvary Cemetery.

      Casketbearers are Travis Shield, Aaron Wolfe, Owen Wolfe, Paxton Bell, Aedan Althoff, Higdon Althoff, Cohen Althoff, and Kiptyn Althoff.

      Mary Beth was born on June 15, 1950 at John McDonald Hospital in Monticello. She was the daughter of Raymond Sr. and Mary (Sweeney) Noonan. She received her education at Aquin High School in Cascade. After graduation, Mary Beth received her degree from Clarke College.

      Mary Beth married the love of her life John Althoff on May 26, 1973 at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cascade. After a short time in Cedar Rapids, they moved to Cascade and started their family. John and Mary Beth raised four children and have been blessed with twelve grandchildren. Mary Beth spent most of her career at the family business, Cascade Lumber Company. She was a member of St. Matthias Parish in Cascade. Mary Beth loved spending time with family, going on convertible rides, bicycling with John on their tandem bicycle, and working in her flower beds. She was especially fond of pink roses and peonies. Mary Beth was a wonderful cook, and was known for her homemade applesauce, lasagna, cavatini, ham and bean soup, and the cakes she decorated for family birthdays and special occasions. Mary Beth also loved cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, shopping (especially for her grandchildren), and vacationing in Hawaii. Mary Beth's greatest pride and joy was her children and grandchildren.

      Mary Beth will be remembered most as a loving wife and caring mother and grandmother. 

      Mary Beth is survived by her husband, John, children Megan (Aaron) Wolfe of Des Moines, Jared (Ali) Althoff of Peosta, Joel (Leslie) Althoff of Monticello, and Alison (Travis) Shield of Iowa City; grandchildren Owen, Payton, Maren, Cohen, Kiptyn, Emma, Aedan, Higdon, Ava, Paxton, Skyler, and Lexi. She is also survived by her brothers Raymond Jr. (Carol), Mike (Lynn), Pat (Anne), and John (Mary) Noonan, all of Cascade, and her sisters-in-law Lois Felton, of Cascade, and Marilyn (Richard) Shankland, of Gladstone, Mo., and brother-in-law Kevin (Karen) Althoff, of Farley. 

      Mary Beth was preceded in death by her parents and her in-laws, Joe and Edna (Hemmer) Althoff.

      The family would like to thank everyone for their support, cards of encouragement, food deliveries, and prayers. The family would also like to thank Fr. Loecke and Fr. Stephen and Fr. Xavier of New Melleray Abbey for their spiritual guidance and support. The family would also like to thank Hospice of Dubuque, especially Kourtney and Jan, for their wonderful care of Mary Beth.

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